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INTERNATIONAL SVMPOSIUM
ON POSTHARVEST QUALITY
OF ORNAMENTAL PLANTS

11-14 AUGUST2008
ODENSE - DENMARK

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Influeneecv.
of Golden
ethyleneTorch
ou seneseenee of He/iconia psittacorum x H. spathocircinata
Sandra Oliveira de Souza', Fernando
Luiz Finger', Maria Auxiliadora Colho
de Lima2,Agnelli Holanda OliveiraJ,
Ana Cristina N. dos Santos2,Ana
Carolina S. Costa2and Jos Geraldo
Barbosa
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Abstract

'Universidade Federal de Viosa (UFV)


- Departamentode Fitotecnia, 36570000, Viosa, MG, ftinller(;,utv.br;
2EmbrapaSemi-rido, Laboratriode
Fisiologia Ps-colheita, 56302-970,
Petrolina, PE; JUniversidade Federalda
Paraba - Curso de Engenharia de
Alimentos, 58.051-900, Joo Pessoa, PB.

Little is known about the influence of ethylene on postharvest of heliconia


flowers. In this work had the goal to determine the sensitivity of eut Heliconia psilta-

corum x H spathocircinatacv. GoldenTorchto ethylenethroughstorage.Thestalksharvested at commercial stage in Petrolina, PE, Brazil, when had two open bracts and one
closed. The stalks were sprayed onee with Ethephon (O,O.I. I.O, 10, I00 and 1000 mg L-I
2-chloroethylphosphonic acid) and then stored for 0,2,4, 6, 8 and 10 days at 20.4 :f:3.70C
and 49 :f:11% relative humidity. At every two days, the base of stalks was recuted at 2 cm
and the water from the vases were replaced. The experiment was arranged in random
.bJock design with four replicates containing four stalks each. Flower longevity, appearance, color chroma and value were reduced with the increase of ethephon concentration
and length of storage. Vase life of flowers treated with 100 and 1000 mg L-I ethephon
limited longevity up to eight and six days, respectively, while the control flowers had a
longevity of ten days. Water uptake was drastically reduced from two to four days of storage, remaining stable afterworlds. Stalks treated with 1 mg L-, ethephon had higher rate
of bract
opening.
Concentrations
of 100 and 1000 mg L-I induced a less orange intense in
the
bracts
measured
by the Hue angle.

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